Second Davie player ever in US Army All American Bowl

Published 7:08 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2023

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For the second time ever, for the first time since 2005, Davie football was represented in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Palmer Williams of Mocksville was the punter for Team East. The East only needed him twice as it trampled the West 55-17 in the Alamodome in San Antonio on Jan. 7.

On Williams’ first punt, he pinned the West inside the 20. He had to field a low snap on his second punt, but he wasn’t fazed as he sent it 49 yards.

The East had two players from Alabama, one from California, 19 from Florida, 13 from Georgia, one from Illinois, two from Louisiana, two from Massachusetts, one from Michigan, one from New Jersey, three from North Carolina, three from Ohio, three from Pennsylvania, one from South Carolina and one from Virginia.

Williams was among three East players from North Carolina, the other two attending Jay M. Robinson and Grimsley.

Williams has signed with Baylor. Fifty-one of the East’s 53 players have committed to Division-I programs. Those commitments are to Alabama (four guys), Army (one), Auburn (two), Boston College (one), Clemson (three), Florida (two), Florida St (one), Georgia (eight), Illinois (one), Kentucky (one), LSU (four), Miami (four), Minnesota (one), Notre Dame (two), Ohio St (four), Oklahoma (one), Oregon St (one), Penn St (one), South Carolina (one), Tennessee (two), Texas (one), UCLA (one), West Virginia (two) and Wisconsin (one).

Raeshon McNeil was the first War Eagle invited to the All-American Bowl. He played in the game in 2006 before playing cornerback at Notre Dame.